Devotion, Doctrine, Doxology

May 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Books and Movies | 2 Comments

            I am reading John Calvin, A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology, an anthology edited by Burk Parsons.  Besides the fact I love the title, R. C. Sproul’s ministry sent free copies of this book to pastors all over the country.  Authors of the various chapters include famous names like John MacArthur, Michael Horton, Sinclair Ferguson, Jay Adams and Jerry Bridges.  I’ve only read the forward by Iain Murray, but even in that little bit, there is a quote worth passing along.

            Because Calvin is known for his emphasis on depravity and obedience, he is sometimes characterized as stiff, formal, or even gloomy (the reason I so like the book’s title!).  But Murray comments, “It is the knowledge that a Christian is identified with the cause of God that raises this perspective from any shade of gloom.  Nothing in the short term, or in death itself, can mean defeat: God must win.  It is the vision of God that changes everything.  Calvin writes, ‘We shall never be fit for service of God, if we look not beyond this fleeting life.’  He adds, ‘When any person has fixed his eyes on God, his heart will be invincible, and utterly incapable of being moved.’”  Looks like it will be a good read.


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  1. Have you read Calvin’s Institutes? A lot of reading, but excellent reading. I haven’t read it for quite some time.

  2. Stephen,
    I have refered to Calvin numerous times and have read parts of The Institutes, but I’ve never read through them. I have a translation that seems rather old and rough. One thing I’ve already learned from this book is that there are newer (and presumably better) translations available now.
    Devotion, Doctrine and Doxolgy quotes J. I. Packer, “The student will find that Calvin makes richer and more staightforward reading than all his expositors.” Guess I’ll have to put The Institutes on my reading list. O for time to do nothing but read!

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